DURHAM, N.C. – Duke men’s tennis head coach Ramsey Smith and the Blue Devil program are pleased to provide an in-depth introduction to the squad’s 2019 recruiting class. Hailing from Boca Raton, Fla., Michael Heller will arrive on campus next year to join the Blue Devil roster for the 2019-20 campaign.
“Michael is a good athlete and feisty competitor on court,” Smith said. “His returning game is a strength, and he is very good at digging into opponent’s service games and breaking. Michael’s backhand is a versatile weapon, and he can take time away on that side nicely. Eleazar Magallan is a great coach who has done an excellent job developing Michael’s game and fostering his competitive spirit.”
Heller reached a high of No. 3 in the TennisRecruiting.net national rankings. Since 2015, the Magallan Tennis Academy attendee has been in the top-5 rankings in the nation on the TennisRecruiting.net charts.
“As soon as I visited Duke and got to know the coaches and players, I knew it was the right school for me,” Heller said. “With their knowledge and passion for the game, Coach Smith and Coach Stokke can help me reach my full potential as a player. The guys on the team are highly motivated, love competing and push themselves to be successful. Duke has the right balance between academics and athletics, an unmatched team atmosphere and incredible school spirit. I can’t wait to compete for my teammates and represent Duke over the next four years.”
In June of 2017, Heller brought home the championship from the Boys’ 18 USTA Florida State tournament. In the final match, Heller, the third seed, upset top-seeded Evan Bynoe of Parkland 7-6(1), 1-6, 6-3. Two years earlier, Heller won the Boys’ 16 USTA Florida State title.
A member of the Team USA National Junior Team, Heller won the 2017 Rendez-vous à Roland-Garros, in partnership with Longines, to receive a wild card to the Roland-Garros Junior French Open.
Heller comes from a rich tennis family as his father played collegiately at the University of Florida. His brother, Andrew, plays tennis at Yale.
Heller is part of Duke’s five-member 2019 recruiting class along with Garrett Johns, Omni Kumar, Samuel Rubell and Andrew Zhang. GoDuke.com is set to release details on all five of the newest Blue Devils in the coming weeks.